SpaceX and Elon Musk Featured on NatGeo's MARS

Monday, 21 November 2016 - 4:31PM
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Monday, 21 November 2016 - 4:31PM
SpaceX and Elon Musk Featured on NatGeo's MARS
National Geographic's new hit mini-series 'MARS' just premiered last week, and the stunning mash-up of science and science fiction is everything it promised to be. 

What makes this series different is that NatGeo mixes fiction with real-life interviews with experts. It tells the fictional story of the first Mars crew in 2033, interspersed with scientists explaining how we could make that journey in the near future. "I think it is surprisingly and almost shockingly, in a way, as accurate as it could possibly be," Stephen Petranek, author of "How We'll Live on Mars," told collectSPACE. "The idea here, originally, was to make this as entertaining as possible so you'd get a large audience, but that people would actually learn something while watching it."

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, appears in the premiere as part of the "flashback" interviews that are set in 2016. The first episode included scenes filmed in SpaceX's assembly facility and its successful (and unsuccessful) Falcon 9 rocket launches and landings. But SpaceX's influence stretches beyond the science portions of the show. The Daedalus spacecraft featured in the fictional futuristic story arc bears a striking resemblance to Musk's recently revealed Interplanetary Transport system.

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"Everything that is scripted is based on the individuals who we [interviewed], explaining to us what the first explorers and colonizers on Mars will most likely have to face," explained executive producer Ron Howard, "We are dramatizing what we think the experience might be like but it's not fiction, it's very much based on research."
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Catch MARS on the National Geographic Channel tonight and every Monday night to see more of what our future in space exploration might look like.
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